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When Trash Becomes Treasure, part 2

A Scripture study from Caring, part two of four.

Shortly after I had experienced my most recent garbage day, my husband and I had a Zoom meeting with our daughter’s teacher. Her teacher knows that we work for The Salvation Army and at the beginning of our meeting, our daughter came over to say hello and her teacher asked her about the vocabulary word she learned that morning—if she remembered it and what it meant. The word was “salvaged,” and her teacher mentioned that it had the same root word “salva” as in “Salvation Army.” The definition of salvaged from their class reading assignment was “To rescue from loss in a wreck.”

Beyond the surface

What do you think of when you hear the word “salvaged”?

The teacher’s comment about how the words salvaged and salvation were related got me thinking. So often, and I’m probably not alone in this, when I hear the word “salvation” I think about the Christian definition of being “saved from sin.” However, the definition from our daughter’s reading class prompted me to think about what being saved from sin is really like. “To rescue from loss in a wreck” is a great metaphor for Salvation. Salvation in Christ is like being rescued from wreckage.  

Do you remember the moment you accepted Christ as Savior? What was it like?

For me, the image of a salvage yard also comes to mind. Literally everything in a salvage yard is considered garbage or worthless by someone but is also seen as treasure to someone who might be seeking to salvage parts to restore something. Most of us can relate to divine intervention we’ve experienced during a difficult time in our life. Christ literally rescues us from the wreckage of sin here on earth and from the loss of an eternal life separated from God in hell, and restores us and gives us blessings and hope in our current life of a glorious existence we can’t even comprehend with God in eternity. God has salvaged us for eternity and while we are on earth, he can salvage our bad days too.

Between the lines

Can you recall a time when God “salvaged” a garbage day for you? How did it go?

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him (Ps. 40:2-3).

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Do Good:

  • Consider this: Can you recall a time when God “salvaged” a garbage day for you? How did it go?
  • Miss part one of this study? Read it here.
  • You’ve probably seen the red kettles and thrift stores, and while we’re rightfully well known for both…The Salvation Army is so much more than red kettles and thrift stores. So who are we? What do we do? Where? Right this way for Salvation Army 101.
  • Get support from moms who are right there with you. Join the Caring Moms Collective and find a place of low-pressure, high-encouragement love anytime you need it, whether you know it or not. Get in the group today. 
  • Did you know your purchase from The Salvation Army Family Store funds addiction recovery? See how The Salvation Army fights addiction.
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Christin Fankhauser, Captain

Captain Christin Fankhauser, MSW, is the Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Everett Corps in Everett, Washington. She serves with her husband, Caleb, and together they have a daughter.